The rock band Japandroids is two men, not from Tokyo but from Vancouver, British Columbia — guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse. Both of them sang and very often shouted on their 2009 LP Post-Nothing, which received a lot of praise from music blogs. Their second album is out now; it's called Celebration Rock, and I think it's the best rock record I've heard this year.
We're always happy to kick off the festival season with this gem. Tune-in this week for some special festival-related programming. We'll be playing music from performing artists throughout the Blends all week. And, join us for phone interviews scheduled with the following:
Monday 11:15 a.m. Angela Oudean with Bearfoot
Monday 2:30 p.m. David Wilcox
Tuesday 10:15 a.m. Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
Wednesday 2:30 p.m. Daniel Rodriguez with Elephant Revival
The roots of Cahalen Morrison & Eli West are strong, their branches are shady, and the guitars, banjos, mandolins, and harmonies will carry you far off the beaten path to a place under open Western skies.
Pulling off horns in a rock song is always a challenge. Even two of the most notable successes, Chicago and Bruce Springsteen, have crossed the line into cheese at times. (Chicago spent the '80s nose-deep in it.)
Blunderbuss, Jack White's first solo album, is not just about him. It's about characters, he says.
"The 'hes' and 'shes' and 'Is' are sort of all arbitrary," White tellsGuy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. "Some of them fall in the blues context of just 'man versus the world' or 'man versus woman,' or something like that, but they don't really have anything to do with male or female."